Reflect and Liberate. Reflections, Paul’s Pre-K, Week 7

Whereas we were getting about 3 days of school in at first, suddenly it’s more like one. What has changed? Probably that we have been busy every weekend with something. I had also been contemplating grad school, but per advice … Continue reading

Dreams, Cloud Shapes, Cats, and Caterpillars. Reflections, Paul’s Pre-K, Weeks 5 & 6

Looking back on the last two weeks, I don’t feel like much formal schooling was done, yet I remind myself that at one point I had considered unschooling and really we’re doing lots of other things outside of the book … Continue reading

Good-bye YouTube Kids – Hello Free Play

It’s been a long time since I’ve written.  After-schooling turned out more to be me killing myself to keep my house at an acceptable level of clean + making dinner + trying to keep the kids clean, and maybe doing homework … Continue reading

Nature Walks – February 2016

“So come, get ready.  Don’t delay!  We’re on a nature trail today.” ~Maurice Pledger, from In the Forest February was up and down as far as weather went this year – we had 50-degree days, a day of freezing rain … Continue reading

Nature Walks – September 2015

“So come, get ready.   Don’t delay!  We’re on a nature trail today.” ~Maurice Pledger, from In The Forest September.  September done, no less.  Actually, my nature walks pictures from September 2014 were in my mind all month.  I kept remember … Continue reading

Nature Walks – June 2015

“So come, get ready. Don’t delay!  We’re on a nature trail today.” ~Maurice Pledger, from In The Forest As the end of June was drawing nearer, I feared that I wouldn’t really have any good pictures for our nature walks … Continue reading

The Proper Pet. Reflections, Week 46

I could hardly say that this week counts as a week of school, Elizabeth and I only did organized school on Tuesday, and again on Saturday night.  I’ve been so crazy running around with getting job applications completed and talking … Continue reading

Nature Walks – May 2015

“So come get ready. Don’t delay!  We’re on a nature trail today.” ~Maurice Pledger, from In The Forest We are finishing up a year now (12 months) since I started the Nature Walks series on Seed To Seedling.  It’s been fun for … Continue reading

Nature Walks – November

“So come, get ready. Don’t delay! We’re on a nature trail today!”

~Maurice Pledger, from In The Forest

Winter is here!  Another month gone, it seems to have happened so fast!  Since the cold weather has hit, we haven’t been outside as much, although we have enjoyed each snowfall.  Here in Central New York, the weather has been back and forth between cold and snowy and above freezing this month.  Our garden held on until mid-November, we still had peas and Swiss chard and cabbages until the hard frost came and withered them away.

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Here is a picture of our nature trail dusted in snow, very picturesque!

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We also found some squirrel tracks that crossed from one side of the trail to the other.

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This little lady bird beetle (aka ladybug) came inside to visit on a chilly day.  Elizabeth had to pick her up and carry her around for a while.  🙂

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Lastly, we visited the Buffalo Zoo this month, as I wrote about in week 16 Reflections.  The pictures I took that day didn’t come out the best, but this lioness posed for me for a bit, then romped around with her companion in an entertaining way.

Nature Walks – October

“So come, get ready. Don’t delay! We’re on a nature trail today.”

~Maurice Pledger, from In The Forest

October was beautiful here in Upstate New York.  I spent a lot of time raking leaves, and the kids came out and jumped in the piles.  Here are some pictures of autumn in our yard.

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One day, Elizabeth decided that she wanted to have a picnic.  Her brother was asleep, so we took some blankets and snacks outside.  It was breezy and the clouds were moving fast overhead.  I enjoyed just laying back and watching them, something I don’t have the time to do very often.

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A very small sampling of trees in our woods.  Just this amount of trees lets loose A LOT of leaves though!

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One day while raking, I found this huge worm right up on top of the grass.  Both kids held it for a while, then Elizabeth “saved” it by carrying it to the center circle that our driveway runs around.

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Also while raking, I also found these two caterpillars.  Our woods house lots of different kinds of caterpillars, and support a healthy bird population – which we absolutely love!